After traveling by plane for about 17 hours,sleeping over night in Nairobi, another 45 minute plane ride into Kisumu ....and A LOT of bumpy roads I finally got to meet the and see the beautiful faces of the girls of GRACE! At first these girls were VERY shy and quite...I could barely hear them as they introduced themselves to me and told me their grade level and schools. Thank God for Nora (the director of the GRACE program)who repeated what they said so that I could hear. The girls started at 4th grade and went to 8th. After being asked the question," what are the obstetrical's you have faced this week" it was easy to see these girls face very different "obstetrical's" than those of most American children. Their obstetrical's and worries were things such as a mother being sick and unable to work to provide for her family, not being able to go to school or get a report card because their school fees has not been paid (which made the tears flow from their eyes), to not being able to go to school due to having their menstrual cycle but no pads. It was easy to see these girls had A LOT on their minds and hearts.We ended or meeting with devotional and prayer as well as a request for them to come back the next day ready to sing and dance together!The next day due to rain we were all late to start...but the rain didn't keep us from having an amazing morning. Casondra started by taking pictures ofthe girls,with Nora and I prompting them to smile and pose it didn't take long for them to "come out of their shell" and their personalities to show. We then had them gather together and sing and dance. They shinned as they sang and even pulled us up with them to dance. These were not the same shy girls from the day before. After the first two meeting with these amazing and beautiful girls I can't wait to see and meet with them again so that I can watch as they continue to blossom!
Although I love to dress up and put my heels on I enjoy the great outdoors as well. I have two amazing Children. Nate my son is 8 and loves sports, he also already has a desire to do mission work! My daughter Alyssa is 5, she loves art and dance. I love my family and know that God has BIG plans for us. I am so excited about what the future holds for us!
'I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.' John 14:18 NIV http://www.facebook.com/Repurchase